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A Soulful Christmas Compilation. Out 2/12/13

A 'lil Christmas goody for those who hate hearing the same old tunes year after year - here's a Soulful Christmas comp that should warm the cockles of your heart as we head towards the season of goodwill.......
 
Soulful Christmas 2/12/2013
 
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Track Listing
 
1.         Please Come Home For Christmas - Charles Brown
2.         Gee Whiz It’s Christmas - Carla Thomas
3.         Merry Christmas Baby - Otis Redding
4.         Let It Snow - Smokey Robinson & The Miracles
5.         I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus - The Impressions
6.         Santa Claus Go Straight To The Ghetto - James Brown
7.         Christmas Time Is Here Again - The Flirtations
8.         I Want To Come Home For Christmas - Marvin Gaye
9.         What Do The Lonely Do At Christmas - The Emotions
10.       This Christmas - Donny Hathaway
11.       My Gift To You - Alexander O’Neal
12.       Cold Cold Winter In The Ghetto - Lonnie Hill
13.       Silver Bells - Lou Rawls
14.       Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas - The Whispers
15.       Santa Claus Is Coming To Town - Ann Sexton
16.       I Love Christmas - Eugene Wilde
17.       You And Me This Christmas - Natasha Watts
18.       Let It Snow ’98 - Boyz 11 Men
19.       The Christmas Song - Faith Evans
20.       This Christmas - Stephanie Mills
 
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No room for this Ian ?

 

Horace Williams and Choker Campbell-I'm going Christmas shopping

 

http://youtu.be/4s1cBv-7hfk

 

Kev

 

Christmas repertoire is quite carefully protected by the various labels as they all have their own Christmas albums which never seem to go out of catalogue, so out of every 50 tracks applied for, a good 60% will generally get turned down. So, as per normal, these comps are never easy. The Horace Williams was a 'lil bit too left-field for this one I'm afraid Kev. Great choice though!

 

Ian D  :D

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What about "Spending Christmas Day With You" by The Nibbs, or "Christmas Time" by Jan Bradley(written by Curtis Mayfield), "Merry Christmas" by The Cameos?

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What about "Spending Christmas Day With You" by The Nibbs, or "Christmas Time" by Jan Bradley(written by Curtis Mayfield), "Merry Christmas" by The Cameos?

 

Probably slightly too dated for this comp Robb. Generally speaking, it's really hard to sell-in anything from the 50's or 60's to any of the major buyers, so I could only manage a handful of the more well-known 60's ones for this comp unfortunately....

 

Who owns that Jan Bradley track out of curiosity? First time I've heard it......

 

Ian D  :D

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Getting some decent traction already.....

http://www.amazon.co.uk/Soulful-Christmas-Various-Artists/dp/B00GD71XZK

 

£9.00 to your door too!

 

Beats the shit out of hearing Slade and Wizzard for the gazzilionth time! :lol:

 

Ian D :D  . 

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12.       Cold Cold Winter In The Ghetto - Lonnie Hill

 
Ian D  :D

 

 

Old favourite of mine. Is this a first-time on CD?

 

BTW, it's just "cold winter..." not "cold cold winter..." even tho he sings "cold" twice.

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Old favourite of mine. Is this a first-time on CD?

 

BTW, it's just "cold winter..." not "cold cold winter..." even tho he sings "cold" twice.

Second time on CD. First time was a Drunken Monkey CD :-)

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this would be on top of my tree, and would have fitted the remit well Ian

 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W77AfaU9MqA

 

It would have been on here Geeselad 'cos it's also top of my tree too. Unfortunately Philly International is off-limits at present. Hopefully Vol 2!

 

Ian D  :D

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The best soul Xmas record I`ve heard so far  :)

 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1DMFFaTOP_o

 

Atb...

 

Bugger! Didn't know it! A b*stard 'cos I'm mates with Frank Lipsius who owns Jaimie/Guyden so I could have licensed it. OK, another contender for Vol 2 then....

 

Good call.

 

Ian D  :D

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Second time on CD. First time was a Drunken Monkey CD :-)

 

It was also on The Wants List CD too on Soul Brother

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Top man Ian! I see Lonnie Hill is included and a record I spin as often as I can, Xmas or not!!!!! For this track alone it should be on everyones list for the stocking :thumbsup:

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Guest in town Mikey

As an aside. Did you know that the B side to Greg Lake's - I Believe In Father Christmas* - was Humbug?

 

Maybe you could do an alternative Chritmas collection next year :thumbsup:

 

 

 

*This is still my fave Christmas record. Not soul but just a wonderful emotive record.

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It was also on The Wants List CD too on Soul Brother

 

No it isn't. "Galveston bay" is on the Wants List CD.

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No it isn't. "Galveston bay" is on the Wants List CD.

 

Ah yes, I stand corrected Benji.

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OJAYS CHRISTMAS JUST AINT CHRISTMAS(WITHOUT THE ONE YOU LOVE)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W77AfaU9MqA

 

One of my favourite Christmas track of all time but unfortunately PIR is not licenseable at the moment. A real shame 'cos it would have fitted beautifully!

 

Ian D :D  

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And then of course, there's Clarence Carter's 'Backdoor Santa' for volume two as well!

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And then of course, there's Clarence Carter's 'Backdoor Santa' for volume two as well!

 

I shudder to think what that's about! I can imagine the reaction to that on Christmas morning...... :lol:

 

Ian D  :D

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I shudder to think what that's about! I can imagine the reaction to that on Christmas morning...... :lol:

 

Ian D  :D

Yes I always thought the lyric was dodgy too!

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Yes I always thought the lyric was dodgy too!

 

Yep, there's several different interpretations of what the "Back Door" lyrics were all about, but Clarence seemed to have an affinity for sexual innuendo lyrics - "Money And Women", "Looking For A Fox", "Getting The Bills (But No Merchandise)", "Strokin'" etc, etc.

 

Either way, I'm not gonna get into a discussion with the mother-in-law on Christmas Day about the lyrics to "Back Door Santa" thank you very much!  :lol:

 

Ian D  :D

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Guest Polyvelts

Please all be standing for The Queen,

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It would have been on here Geeselad 'cos it's also top of my tree too. Unfortunately Philly International is off-limits at present. Hopefully Vol 2!

 

Ian D  :D

 

Mine to - remember getting this in a soul pack from Blackpool, and going on my Moped at 16, in about 73/74 :)  

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Mine to - remember getting this in a soul pack from Blackpool, and going on my Moped at 16, in about 73/74 :)  

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craking babe on the cd cover ,wouldn't mind her under my xmas tree Lol

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OK, I'm doing an Xmas countdown for the Soulful Christmas compilation released on Harmless today! 
 
So here's Track 1, the incredible Charles Brown from 1960 and "Please Come Home For Christmas"...
 
 
Ian D  :D 

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craking babe on the cd cover ,wouldn't mind her under my xmas tree Lol

 

Yep, can you imagine how much fun that session was....?

 

Ian D  :D

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Probably slightly too dated for this comp Robb. Generally speaking, it's really hard to sell-in anything from the 50's or 60's to any of the major buyers, so I could only manage a handful of the more well-known 60's ones for this comp unfortunately....

 

Who owns that Jan Bradley track out of curiosity? First time I've heard it......

 

Ian D  :D

 I have one, and I think Bob A. probably has one.  It is pretty rare, however.  If you mean "who owns the rights to it, I'm not sure.  Hootenanny Records was a local, Chicago small indie label.  The production was done, and owned by Don Talty.  So, I assumed he leased the masters to Hootenanny, and that lease period has expired.  I think that Talty is deceased.  So, I'm not sure who has those masters now.  Curtis Mayfield wrote the songs, and he and Johnny Pate ran the session (as they both did for Talty on Jan Bradley's Formal and Night Owl sessions).  But, I don't think that tht master tapes ended up with Mayfield.  Surely, Talty got them back from Hootenanny in the mid sixtys.  I don't know if he sold them, or who ended up with all his tapes.

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OK, I'm doing an Xmas countdown for the Soulful Christmas compilation released on Harmless yesterday! 

So here's Track 2, the wonderful Carla Thomas from 1968 and "Gee Whiz It's Christmas"...

 

 

Ian D  :D

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Realised I've missed a few crucial days on this Christmas countdown, so I'm catching up....

 

And here's Track 3, the immortal Otis Redding with "Merry Christmas Baby"

 

 

Ian D  :D

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I've really enjoyed this compilation. I am usually of the Bah Humbug persuasion until the Saturday before Xmas, but not since getting this!

 

Nice to have a clean version of Lonnie Hill and, a bit unexpectedly, I like the Eugene Wilde and Stephanie Mills tunes quite a lot.

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I've really enjoyed this compilation. I am usually of the Bah Humbug persuasion until the Saturday before Xmas, but not since getting this!

 

Nice to have a clean version of Lonnie Hill and, a bit unexpectedly, I like the Eugene Wilde and Stephanie Mills tunes quite a lot.

 

Nice one Soulfinger. You're our perfect target audience mate! Some surprises on here. I'm quite partial to the Natasha Watts track.... :thumbsup:

 

Ian D  :D

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Phew. Catch up time again. I've missed the last few days, so here's a catch up.....

 

So here's Track 5, the fabulous Impressions which starts with a slow beginning before it turns into a mid 1970's storming version of "I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus"...

 

 

Ian D  :D

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And here's Track 6, from the Godfather of Funk....Mr Jaaaames Broooooown and hisincredible "Santa Claus Go Straight To The Ghetto". If you ain't heard this, then do yourself a favour and listen!

 

 

Ian D  :D

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And here's Track 7, from the wonderful Flirtations and a wonderful example of a UK produced big sounding Christmas song "Christmas Time Is Here Again" produced and written by the UK's Wayne Bickerton.

 

 

Ian D  :D

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So here's Track 8, from the immortal Marvin Gaye and the absolutely brilliant "I Want To Come Home For Christmas". This is the master at his very best with a wonderful heartfelt Christmas anthem. RIP Marvin.

 

 

Ian D  :D

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Got mine in the post this morning, played it through and I was pleasantly surprised at the quality of soul

on the compilation. I`ve had various xmas soul comps in the past which have been disappointing to

say the least, but this one ticks all the boxes.....thanks for the heads up

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Got mine in the post this morning, played it through and I was pleasantly surprised at the quality of soul

on the compilation. I`ve had various xmas soul comps in the past which have been disappointing to

say the least, but this one ticks all the boxes.....thanks for the heads up

 

You're welcome mate. Looking good on the charts too!

 

 

Ian D  :D

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And here's Track 10 from a giant among men, the late, great Donny Hathaway with the enchanting "This Christmas", one of the most soulful Christmas anthems of all time...... 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pj1mVUEHeUE

 

Ian D  :D 

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great tracks Ian, got the new CD but not been a good enough boy to open it yet!!

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Just a quick note folks. Amazon ran out of stock of this yesterday but have now been re-supplied should still able to fulfill all orders for Christmas! 

 

Ian D :)

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